Clinical data management and healthcare-related cyberattacks are on the rise. Healthcare organizations have become a target for a number of cyberattacks — and in 2022, they can expect a lot more. Clinical trial developers too aren’t immune to such attacks. With the healthcare industry experiencing more cybercrime, clinical researchers are finding ways to better safeguard their data.
Here’s why our EDC clinical data management software expert believes healthcare cybercrime is so lucrative:
Ransomware and data breaches
A data breach is the first type of cybercrime that most people think about in terms of healthcare. In this type of crime, cybercriminals either steal or manipulate sensitive data, devastating clinical trials that rely on data integrity.
The medical industry isn’t just facing data breaches, it is also battling ransomware attacks where cybercriminals hold a database or network hostage in exchange for payment. With all the advances, cybercriminals can now hack into a medical device presently being worn by a patient, putting their safety at risk.
Since hospitals can’t afford downtime, they’ll have to pay to restore their services. This is why this sector is targeted.
Healthcare providers should be ready to prevent an attack and also have plans in place to deal with it. The time spent deciding whether to pay the ransom or not may mean life or death to patients.
Cybercriminals are targeting clinical trials
Some criminals are now looking at clinical trial management systems as potential targets for money and disruption.
For big, profitable organizations, cyber criminals know that they have the funds to pay the ransom once their data is compromised. Unfortunately, to amplify their financial profits from the attack, cybercriminals are stealing intellectual property in a bid to auction it to the dark web.
For most CROs (Clinical Research Organizations), their cyberattack response plans are drafted a little too late. By the time management realizes how important cybersecurity is, the organization’s data has already been breached.
The ability of organizations to swiftly withstand this kind of attack is entirely dependent on how good your technological infrastructure is to begin with.
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